Business feature: Stores aim to stock locally grown produce

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jessica Pacheco of Portales culled though a package of strawberries Monday in the produce department at Russell’s Super Save in Portales. Kevin Wilson Stores are going local, and searching for those who are growing local. Wal-Mart recently announced plans to double its sales of fresh produce from local farms in […]

Raising baby chicks no easy feat

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. It sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Farmers: Recent rain not enough

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Recent rains have helped crops in Roosevelt and Curry counties, but farms and ranches still need more, producers said. Allen Deen, who dryland farms southeast of Floyd, said his family is planting hay grazer and milo. “We’re just marginal on our moisture, but we’re kind of running out of […]

Blowing in the wind

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent West Texas might be right on the heels of eastern New Mexico in expanding its economic base with wind farms and biodiesel plants. Energy companies have expressed interest in building wind farms in Parmer and Bailey counties, according to local economic development officials. Bailey County has also been named as […]

Lubbock corn field transformed into 12-acre agricultural maze

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Courtesy photo The corn-field maze is cut into a 12-acre corn field using a laptop computer to link a mower with a global positioning system. Complied by Mike Jimenez: Freedom Newspapers Lose yourself, and maybe even your family in Lubbock beginning this weekend and running through Nov. 26. The original “Corn-field Maze” is once again […]

Farmers and ranchers dabble in ‘show biz’

STAFF & WIRE REPORTS His family has spent generations farming. He has been seeding and reaping all his life. And Jim Anderson can’t quite get over the fact that now he is in the entertainment business. “They never would have imagined,” he said of his father and uncle, who bought their 200-acre farm outside Erie, […]

Technology helps out ancient profession

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Buddy Jorde, 14, bags potatos for John Jay Ball at the Portales Farmer’s Market on Thursday. The Jorde family, which includes Sheri (left) and Jessica, is using the Internet to save money on shipping crops. Photo by Kevin Wilson. By Mike Linn While many use the Internet as an electronic maze of MP3 piracy and […]